I hope everybody is enjoying the sub 60's temperatures this week. Unfortunately, such nice weather will not last very long in Oklahoma summer. Forecast indicates that the temperature next week will be at high 90's and even above 100 degree with high humidity. The FRI experimental unit will be on revamp next week so a lot of us will be working outside for a long period. Just a quick reminder of staying safe in the heat, being aware of the dangers associated with high temperature, recognizing signs of heat-related illness, allowing for ample breaks out of heat, and most importantly, being hydrated all the time.
The 'Bomb Cyclone' about two weeks ago reminded us how dangerous high winds could be. Severe wind storms are dangerous and difficult to predict with some gusts coming with little or no warning.
To have happy and safe holidays, following are a few holiday safety tips:
Pedestrian safety affects the entire community and everybody. There were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in the United States in 2016 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). No matter if we are a pedestrian or a driver, it is extremely important for us to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians. Following are some tips for pedestrian safety:
When I went to the airport this morning, it was raining and still dark. I saw two rollover accidents on I-35, one with a semi-truck, another with a SUV.
For the current MD6/7 test program, additional boiler capacity is needed. That is why we have a retinal boiler on site to provide more steam to the reboilers. The rental boiler will be on site at least for next two month. This safety nugget is trying to remind us the boiler safety.
When traveling with airplane, before taking off and/or landing, flight attendants always ask passengers to put seat back into its upright (uncomfortable) position.
Cybersecurity has been on the news a lot recently, ranged from the credit card record breaches to national elections etc.
Daylight saving time will end in less than a month. It is about the time to change your clock and replace the battery in your smoke detector(s).
On July 28, 2016, a severe thunderstorm in Stillwater caused a power outage in my neighborhood around 6:30pm. The power did not come back until about 10pm. While impatiently waiting for the power to come back, I quickly realized how much we depend on electricity for cooling/heating as well as food, drinking water, medical care, communication, and other needs. I also realized that I was not very well prepared for the power outage and the safety issues it caused. Preparing for power outages can help minimize their impacts and keep us and our families safe.
Lightning Storm Safety
FRI is a global leading consortium that conducts cutting edge research work for chemical process industries (CPI). FRI staff members travel regularly in USA and sometime overseas. As a matter of fact, I am writing to you out of my locked hotel room in Tokyo, Japan. Just as you are at work, safety should also be a priority when you are traveling. You're vulnerable when you're on the road, so take steps to protect yourself and your family and equipment. Tips below will help to keep you safe on your next business trip and any other trips. The holiday season is just around the corner and many travel during this time. I hope that all of you and your loved ones travel safely; and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage.
When you are looking around your office and home, there is high volume of electrical equipment that can expose you to serious electrical hazards, including shocks, burns and fire.
I did not wear glasses until the late 90's when I began to spend several hours every day in front of computer screens.
To reduce stress and prevent fatigue, it is important to take mini-breaks (not many breaks) throughout the day. If possible, change tasks at least once every two hours. Stretch your arms, neck, and legs often if you do the same type of work for long periods of time. Rest your eyes often by closing them or looking at something other than the work at hand. For a quick pick-me-up, breathe deeply several times by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. In addition, always try to eat your lunch somewhere other than your desk.
The AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference (SPTC) will be held at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, on October 9 & 10, 2014.
At the May 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Marlyand, USA, the preliminary versions of DRP-Lite and DRP-Plus were shown at both the Technical Committee and Technical Advisory Committee meetings. FRI Members were very pleased and excited to see the new additions to the FRI Device Rating Program (DRP). The DRP-Lite will include simple literature correlations for the tray, random and structured packings. We are happy to announce that this version is for public use. We hope to see chemical engineering students using DRP-Lite in their studies! The DRP-Plus is for FRI Member use only. For each distillation device, in addition to the premier FRI models, the DRP-Plus will also include many different literature correlations.
Distillation is a dominant separation process in Chemical Process Industries (CPI), especially for mixtures that are usually processed as liquids. It is expected that distillation will continue to dominate separations as it often has a distinct economic advantage at large throughputs. Although significant progress has been made in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as a useful design and development tool for improving distillation internals, e.g., trays and packings, CFD must still be regarded as a tool that requires validations. The day when molecular modeling and CFD simulation will make experimental work unnecessary is still in the far distant future. Until people can confidently simulate multi-phase, turbulent fluid dynamics coupled with mass transfer, performance measurements of a distillation column will still be the key to distillation studies. As a premier research consortium in the world, FRI has played and will continue to play a very important role in understanding distillation fundamentals, advancing distillation technologies, developing new internals, accumulating consistent and reliable data, and developing new performance models.